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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness  1995

Barely a year after the release of its popular predecessor, Warcraft II brings a number of advancements to the Blizzard's medieval RTS franchise. This time, the humans have allies, such as elves, gnomes and dwarves, and form the Alliance, while orcs have allies such as trolls, goblins and ogres, and form the Horde. The resolution is doubled to SVGA 640×480 (which still doesn't let you see much of the screen), maps come in multiple sizes, oil is added as a third resource type, naval and aerial units are added, and up to nine units can be given orders at a time. Once an area has been explored, it continues to be semi-revealed after units are no longer within sight of that area (called "Fog of War map masking"): the terrain is remembered, but you can no longer see enemy units on that part of the map. An expansion pack called Beyond the Dark Portal added two new campaigns and ten new heroes. The game was re-released in 1999 as Warcraft II: Battlenet Edition for Windows and Mac, which made it easier to play multi-player games over the internet. There are 28 campaigns in this game, with only 6 unique campaigns playable in the shareware demo.

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Graphics modes

SVGA Mode 101h
640×480×256c

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Downloads

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Shareware v1.20elc (11,235,087 bytes) xxxx DOS Play online
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Shareware v1.02elc (11,234,043 bytes) xxxx DOS

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Availability

Blizzard no longer sells this game.

It can be purchased from Amazon:

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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness US UK Deutschland
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Expansion US UK
Warcraft II: Deluxe-Edition UK
Warcraft II: Edition Deluxe France
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition US Canada France Deutschland
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (Best Seller) UK France
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (Back to Games) Deutschland
Warcraft II Battle Chest US Canada
Blizzard Gift Pack UK France Deutschland

Cheat Codes

Press Enter to bring up the "MESSAGE:" prompt. Type one of the cheats shown below and press return to activate it. If you have typed correctly, you will be notified by the text "Cheat enabled" or "Cheat disabled".

SHOWMAP - displays the entire map
CASH - gain vast sums of resources
FASTBUILD - villagers work incredibly fast

ALLOWJUMPS - Enables the following commands

ORC1 (ORC2, ORC3) - go to Orc scenario #
HUMAN1 (HUMAN2, HUMAN3) - go to Human scenario #